Sea To Sky Gondola re-opens for winter with Christmas cheer

Snowshoeing is coming soon to the top of the Sea To Sky Gondola. Photo credit: Sea To Sky Gondola/Paul Bride.

Snowshoeing is coming soon to the top of the Sea To Sky Gondola. Photo credit: Sea To Sky Gondola/Paul Bride.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Sea to Sky Gondola, which just re-opened for its winter season on November 27. And while there’s not quite enough snow yet to strap on the snowshoes, rest assured that it’s coming…. and so is Santa.

Located in Squamish, about an hour north of Vancouver, the Sea To Sky Gondola made its debut last May and drew summer hikers and sightseers from far and wide.

After closing for a few weeks of maintenance in November, it’s now up and running and poised to launch new snowshoe trails and a new tube park for kids. There will also be backcountry ski touring for experienced skiers around and on Sky Pilot Mountain, Co-Pilot, Skyline Ridge, and Goat Ridge.

And this Friday (December 5), holiday activities kick off at the Summit Lodge to get everybody into the Christmas spirit. Fondue, anyone?

Photo credit: Sea To Sky Gondola/Paul Bride

Photo credit: Sea To Sky Gondola/Paul Bride

Visitors reach the Summit Lodge after a 12-minute ride in the enclosed gondolas, which each seat eight people.

From the Lodge, there are gorgeous views of Howe Sound and Pilot and Co-Pilot Mountain from the outdoor deck, which will be kept clear of snow over the winter. The 100-metre long suspension bridge and a short trail around that area will also be kept clear, so families will be able to walk this wooded area without getting knee-deep in white stuff.

On clear winter days, the view of Howe Sound is just as impressive as it is in the summer–but remember to leave time to take it all in before sunset, which happens around 4:15 p.m. these days.

A winter sunset over Howe Sound from the Sea To Sky Gondola lodge deck. Photo credit: Carolyn Ali.

A winter sunset over Howe Sound from the Sea To Sky Gondola lodge deck. Photo credit: Carolyn Ali.

The lodge is decorated for Christmas, and on Friday (December 5) there will be a tree-lighting ceremony in the evening. That day also marks the start of the Candlelight Dinner Series, which will run every Friday and Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. until December 20.

On Saturday and Sunday (December 6 and 7), there will be a children’s pancake brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by pictures with Santa from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

And on December 5 and 19, hot chocolate and cookies will accompany story time for kids from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., as well as on December 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Finally, on December 13, there will be holiday-themed choral music performed by Squamish choirs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Sea To Sky Gondola Summit Lodge is all spruced up for Christmas. Photo credit: Carolyn Ali.

The Sea To Sky Gondola Summit Lodge is all spruced up for Christmas. Photo credit: Carolyn Ali.

The Sea To Sky Gondola’s winter season runs until April 30, 2015, during which time it’s open from Thursdays to Sundays, plus statutory holidays.

However, from December 19 to January 4, the gondola will be open daily for holiday hours. Adult tickets cost $34.95, and there are discounts for seniors, youth, and children, as well as for buying tickets online more than 24 hours in advance.

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One Response to Sea To Sky Gondola re-opens for winter with Christmas cheer

  1. Ian

    Sea to Sky Gondola is one of the most adventures activities to enjoy in Canada during winter. We can enjoy the awesome views of snow fall during this tour. Last year I have been there with my family and had a lot of fun there. We can also enjoy skating, snowshoeing, skiing and snowboarding in this region. According to my point of view it is an ideal destination for nature and adventure lovers.